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Our Distinguished Mentors


Dr. Celeste Springer :

Dr. Celeste Springer

Dr. Celeste Springer has extensive professional training focused on Facial Esthetics, Injectable Therapy for Esthetics and Therapeutics, and Cosmetic Dentistry. Her personal esthetic background has had her involved in Beauty Pageants on many levels as a Pageant Judge, selected Dentist for the Miss SC and NC USA Pageant Systems, and she herself is a former Mrs. South Carolina America. She enjoys being able to enhance the attractiveness of a patient's face and help them feel better through the therapeutic uses of neuromodulators.  She is a long standing AAFE member and mentor who has taught many healthcare professionals integrate injectables into their practices.

Emily Keller Rockwell RN, MSN, NP-C :

Emily Keller Rockwell RN, MSN, NP-C

Emily Keller Rockwell is an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in Wilmington, Delaware. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Virginia and Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Pennsylvania. She started her own Cosmetic Dermatology practice in 2017, where she creates long term aesthetic treatment plans for her patients, consisting of medical grade skincare, peels, Botox, Fillers, and Microneedling. Emily focuses on going beyond treating the superficial layers of the skin and instead correcting the skin at a cellular level. She specializes in treating wrinkles, volume loss, hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea, rough texture, and large pores. She is constantly training with the best in the industry and looks forward to training others on injectable procedures.

Susan Benesh, AGNP-C :

Susan Benesh, AGNP-C

Susan Benesh is a Nurse Practitioner in private practice focusing on Integrative Medicine. She earned Post-Masters from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science from University of Oklahoma. She holds a Fellowship in Functional and Metabolic Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine, and is a Forensic Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing. She certified in Hormone Replacement, Neuromodulators, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Sclerotherapy and Smooth and Lifting Threads.

She is a faculty member in the Nurse Practitioner program at Purdue University Global. She is the author/editor of books and articles, and is a national speaker on a wide variety of healthcare topics. She has owned several successful businesses and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and on local and national media including CNN. Ms. Benesh is an avid outdoor enthusiast, with a special interest in working with Combat Veterans with PTSD through long distance kayaking and off-grid camping.

Dr. Larry Schmakel :

Dr. Larry Schmakel

Dr. Lawrence Schmakel maintains a general practice in Sylvania, OH with a broad spectrum of services which include Total Facial Esthetics,  TMD and Sleep Apnea, Implants, Invisalign, Cerec and BioLase Technology. He graduated from The Ohio State University and has attended all the Continuum’s at the LD Pankey Institute.  He received his Fellowship Award from the AGD in 1991.

Dr. Schmakel is a member of many dental organizations, including the Toledo Dental Society, (where he is currently Secretary-Treasurer and will be president in 2018), the Chicago Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, (where he received the Fellowship Award in 1991), the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Ohio Dental Association, the Academy for Sports Dentistry, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), where he currently serves as both an Implant Director and Mentor,, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, (AADSM),  He’s also a past Advisor to the Ohio Dental Association for Sports Dentistry and a past spokesman for the Ohio Dental Association.

He is also on the Board of Advisors at Owens Community College for both their Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and EFDA Programs.

Dr. Schmakel also takes care of the annual dental exams for the Detroit Tigers, and is the Team Dentist for the Student Athletes at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Schmakel reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Jessica Bishop :

Dr. Jessica Bishop

Dr. Jessica Bishop graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Molecular Biology with the distinction of Magna Cum Laude. She then attained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University Of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2000. She opened her current practice in Chapel Hill in 2000. Her affiliations include the American Dental Association, Dental Foundation of NC, NC Dental Society, Association of Women Dentists, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Hundreds of hours of continuing education have been completed in the areas of Invisalign, sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and pharmacology.

Dr. Bishop reports no conflicts of interest.

Dr. Ira Bernstein, FAGD :

Dr. Ira Bernstein, FAGD

Dr. Ira M. Bernstein has been a general dentist for over 35 years. He trained under one of the early pioneers in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders and was an associate in his New York City practice for several years. Dr. Bernstein has done research, authored, and published papers on Cosmetic Dentistry and Temporomandbular Disorders in national and international dental journals. He holds a U.S. Patent for an invention used to help treat TMD patients. Dr. Bernstein has attained Diplomate status in several professional groups and has achieved Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD).

Dr. Bernstein reports no conflicts of interest.

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